Subject Matter Competency

California Education Code requires that all candidates for a teaching credential must demonstrate they are proficient in the subject matter area of their intended credential.  Recent action by the Governor and the Legislature on AB 130 (Chapter 44, Statutes of 2021) has expanded the ways in which candidates may demonstrate subject matter proficiency.  


Subject matter competency may be demonstrated through one of the following options: 

  1. Completion of a subject matter program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. At CSULB, we have approved subject matter programs in the areas of Art, English, Health (PDF), Math, Music, Physical Education, Social Science and the World Languages of Italian (PDF), Latin (PDF), French (PDF), German (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).  
  2. Successful completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with the following, as applicable: 
    For single subject credentials, a major in one of the exact subject areas in which the commission credentials candidates.  Degree must be in an academic major that is an exact match to the credential:   
  • Art  

  • English  

  • World Language (in any of the languages for which there is a credential)  

  • Health Science  

  • Mathematics  

  • Music   

  • Physical Education  

  • Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience or Earth and Space Science, and Physics)  

  • Social Science  


Also acceptable: Applied majors (e.g., Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics) and exact majors in one of the single subject areas that may have additional modifiers (e.g., Biology: Environmental Biology; Art: Art History; and Physical Education: Kinesiology). 

  1. Passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in the appropriate subject area
  2. Through a coursework evaluation according to the Subject Matter Domains.
  3. Through a combination of coursework and CSET exams that meets or exceeds the subject matter domains.